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04/19/2007


News: $181 Million, Gay Avengers, 'Ex-Gay' Ban, Slavery Praise

1NewsIcon Will Ann Romney congratulate gay weatherman Sam Champion on his forthcoming marriage when she hosts GMA?

RomneyBoys1NewsIcon Mitt Romney and his body doubles.

1NewsIcon The New York City Health Department found six "critical" violations at the Italian restaurant owned by Lady Gaga's parents.

1NewsIcon President Obama's reelection campaign says they raised over $181 million the month of September, meaning the president is inching closer to the $1 billion fundraising mark.

1NewsIcon The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy told its 3,000 members that "ex-gay therapy" is now banned. Their letter also noted that "the diversity of human sexualities is compatible with normal mental health and social adjustment."

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1NewsIcon More pictures of Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello at the GLSEN Respect Awards.

1NewsIcon Meredith Baxter is narrating a documentary about the 2009 police raid at a Fort Worth gay bar. "I think it's important for people to realize that events like what happened at the Rainbow Lounge are still happening in our lifetime," said Raid of the Rainbow Lounge director Robert L. Camina.

1NewsIcon Karen Andresen, the mother of a teen denied Eagle Scout status for being gay, will appear on Ellen next week.

1NewsIcon Gay activists in Serbia held a silent protest and pride event indoors after police banned their planned pride parade for the second year in a row.

1NewsIcon Colin Farrell tells Ellen DeGeneres he loves getting wet and sweaty.

Wiccan1NewsIcon Gay heroes Wiccan and Hulkling would make a great addition to the new, more diverse Avengers, says Newsarama.

Arkansas State Rep. Jon Hubbard thinks slavery may have been a "blessing in disguise": "The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth."


Sam Champion is Gay and Engaged to Be Married

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TV meteorologist Sam Champion is gay and engaged to be married to his boyfriend Rubem Robierb, ABC News reports:

“We are thrilled and so excited and thank everyone for their good wishes,” says Champion.

Champion and Robierb met through mutual friends a few years ago in Miami, where Robierb lives. Born in Brazil, Robierb is a fine-arts photographer who shows his work in Miami, Atlanta, Santa Monica and New York.
The two plan to wed later this year.

Champion also discusses his engagement in a report on last weekend's wedding of MSNBC Anchor Thomas Roberts to Patrick Abner, published in the Vows section today:

Among the 170 or so guests at the reception was Sam Champion, the weather anchor at ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He took a turn on the dance floor with his partner, the photographer Rubem Robierb.

“We’re getting married New Year’s Eve in Miami,” Mr. Champion said in the spirit of the moment.

Mr. Robierb corrected him: “We’ll do it here officially, and then have a party in Miami.”

Tweeted Champion this afternoon: "I've never been happier to share a bit of personal news!!"

While Champion has dwelled in a so-called 'glass closet' for some time, I believe this is the first time Champion has discussed his sexuality publicly. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

Congrats in any case!


Watch: The Britney Spears 'GMA' Concert

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Spears performed "Hold It Against Me", "Big Fat Bass", and "Till the World Ends" at her Brit-stravaganza taped earlier this week in front of fans at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

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Watch: Sam Champion Dives Inside 'Toxic Soup' of Oil Spill

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Sam Champion and Philippe Cousteau, Jr. went diving inside the oil spill to give people a different perspective of the disaster.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And here's more on BP trying to cover up what they wrought: "According to two surviving crew members of the Deepwater Horizon, oil workers from the rig were held in seclusion on the open water for up to two days after the April 20 explosion, while attorneys attempted to convince them to sign legal documents stating that they were unharmed by the incident. The men claim that they were forbidden from having any contact with concerned loved ones during that time, and were told they would not be able to go home until they signed the documents they were presented with."

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Did Bravo Exec Out Sam Champion or Just Champion's Manners?

A post at Gawker alleges that Bravo exec Andy Cohen outed ABC weatherman Sam Champion in a blog post about his weekend in the Hamptons.

ChampionCohen wrote: "The lunch went until cocktail time and on my way home I stopped by a store opening in East Hampton. Kelly Ripa and Marc Consuelos were the 'hosts' of the party, but the store is owned by Sam Champion's boyfriend. Neither of the Champions seemed to be around for the first 90 minutes of their own party, and so the topic of conversation inside the party became: If you are the host of a party (and not the 'host') and your name is not 'Madonna', is it appropriate to make an 'entrance' or be there from the start? People seemed to be split on the etiquette."

Back in 2005, an article in the Advocate described Champion as openly gay, and though Gawker describes Champion as keeping his sexuality "hushed" somehow I doubt the revelation would spawn even a cloudburst of controversy.

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Over at Gawker, Sam Champion and Ryan Seacrest discuss Ikea furniture, patterns, balls, power-lifting, tools, and screwing on Good Morning America.


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